AT-RISK GIRLS GET A ‘G.R.I.P.’ DURING LIFE-CHANGING ‘GIRLS DAY INCENTIVE’
Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership Gave 20 Stand-Out ‘Girls Club’ Members An All-Day, Year-End Incentive Event
Anaheim, Calif. (July 29, 2015) – Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need, came together with local partners on Thursday, July 23 to give young, at-risk girls a ‘G.R.I.P.’ (Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership) incentive for an all-day, enriching event, the Anaheim G.R.I.P. ‘Girls Club’ Girls Day Incentive. Developed by Anaheim G.R.I.P. members, 20 specially invited Girls Club members from Anaheim-based schools including South Junior High, Sycamore Junior High, Ball Junior High, and Orangeview Junior High, participated in a day of pampering. The event took them from Sephora at South Coast Plaza for makeovers to the Anaheim Hills Golf Course for a fancy lunch, inclusive of a three course meal, which included a garden salad, their choice of main course of chicken, filet mignon, or salmon, and dessert.
An effective partnership meant to steer young, at-risk girls in the right direction, the Girls Day Incentive was a reward for members who have maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA, had no unexcused absences or serious behavioral issues, and 35 completed community service hours during the school year. Prior to the Girls Day Incentive, students who had earned the incentive were taken to Forever 21 to shop for their Girls Day outfit.
Community Service Programs (CSP) partners with Orange County law enforcement agencies, including the Anaheim Police Department, to assist in the implementation of the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (G.R.I.P.) at numerous school districts within Orange County, with the overall goal of implementing targeted gang prevention strategies to at-risk youth, families and communities. The Anaheim G.R.I.P. program has proven to be a very successful program. In fact, the Orange County Grand Jury has recognized the G.R.I.P. program as one of the most effective gang prevention programs in the state of California and recommended that the G.R.I.P. model be expanded throughout Orange County.
The Girls Club concept began in November 2010 after many girls identified as “at-risk” by their school expressed a lack of positive role models and structure in their lives. Realizing the need for a positive influence in the girls’ lives, several Anaheim G.R.I.P. members developed the Girls Club.
As a result of its success, the program was expanded to all G.R.I.P. junior high schools in the 2011/2012 school year, and in the 2012/2013 school year, the Girls Club expanded and was implemented at all Anaheim G.R.I.P. schools, including elementary schools. At the beginning of the school year, each school is instructed to invite 30 of their “at-risk” girls to participate in the Girls Club. “At-risk” level is measured by looking at the students’ discipline, attendance and academic record.
Monthly meetings of Girls Club for elementary school students include female members of the Anaheim G.R.I.P. Committee, school counselors and Girls Club members meeting and speaking about topics that are affecting the girls’ lives, are enriching to their lives, and can give them tools to help them succeed. Such topics may include: self-esteem, bullying, internet safety/social media, teen dating, relaxation techniques, etiquette, etc.
In partnership with the Orange County Family Justice Center, CSP, Inc. Case Managers and the Anaheim G.R.I.P. Project Coordinator meet with junior high school students twice a month to discuss various obstacles the girls are facing and life enriching models such as bullying, anger management, healthy relationships, careers and goal setting.
The goal of the Anaheim G.R.I.P. Girls Club is to motivate at-risk young girls to improve their lives both inside and outside of school. The incentive day is a life-changing event opportunity given once a year for youth to enrich their lives while encouraging members to do well in school (both academically and behaviorally), keep a perfect school attendance, complete 35 hours of community service and stay suspension-free.
About Community Service Programs
Community Service Programs (CSP) is a nonprofit agency committed to serving children, adults and families living in Orange County. CSP’s model programs assist over 100,000 community members annually, including abused children, struggling families, victims of crime, and those in need of mediation services. For more information on CSP and its programs, visit www.cspinc.org.